Is 65 too old for me to join locums list?
2 : I am 65 years old and have recently retired as a full-time GP. I have applied for inclusion in the supplementary list as I would like to augment my pension by doing regular locums. I am worried my application will be refused because of my age. Is this likely and do I have any right to appeal if this occurs?
Statutory instrument 2001 No. 3740 includes a list of possible grounds for refusal, but age alone is not included. It would have been very easy to include age in this list if that had been the intention.
The PCO may refuse admission to the list if it considers the practitioner is 'unsuitable to be included in the list'. It would probably be difficult to defend age alone as being the sole criterion for unsuitability. The PCO might consider age as grounds for conditional admission, to be reviewed annually perhaps.
If inclusion is denied or the GP is removed from a list for a non-mandatory reason he or she would have a right to appeal. Any GP who feels he or she has been penalised unfairly may seek a review or appeal if conditions are imposed upon inclusion in the list, or conditions are imposed upon remaining in a list (contingent removal).
There is no right of appeal against non-inclusion or removal for mandatory reasons or against deferment or suspension. Age alone is not a mandatory reason.
The details of how PCOs will exercise
their judgment are still unclear. You would be wise to contact your LMC if you experience any difficulties.